Garden With Us

2015 plot sign-ups will begin soon.  Email to be placed on the wait list.

In addition to our community service and education projects, we also offer garden plot spaces where members of the community can grow their own vegetables, herbs, and flowers.   Many residents in our area live in apartments or condominiums and don’t have access to outdoor gardening space.  Others may have a yard, but may be lacking in sufficient sunlight to grow certain types of plants, especially edibles.  Our garden plots are built from sustainable non-toxic cedar lumber and are filled with a topsoil and compost mixture.  We ask that all gardeners adhere to organic gardening methods.


Forest Park Community Garden is located at the North West corner of Harlem Ave and I-290.  Enter the garden from the alley.


There is no parking allowed in the alley.  Respecting this no parking law is a condition of participation for all plot renters.  We encourage you to ride your bike to the park (it’s great exercise and great for the environment!) or secure appropriate parking nearby, and walk to the garden.


We require a plot fee of $50 per plot per year (plots measure 4 feet by 8 feet). We provide water service, a shared storage shed, a compost bin, and soil to "top off" your plot if needed.  The annual plot fee does not fully cover garden expenses, so we ask that gardeners volunteer to help defer the extra cost of maintenance.

Gardening Methods

The use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers and soil amendments is prohibited.  If you are having trouble with a particular problem and need ideas on an organic solution, call or email us for help.  We have many experienced organic gardeners who will be glad to provide a natural remedy for any problem you encounter.

How to Rent a Plot

Click on the link at the top of the page to fill out the application.

How to Volunteer

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at or call us at (708) 792-3724.  We are currently looking for gardening help as well as help with fundraising.

Need More Information?

Email your questions to
Forest Park Community Garden P.O. Box 1216 Oak Park, IL. 60304 |708-792-3724|